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  1. PHP Stylesheet/Content Switcher with Save Cookie

    Here is a simple PHP script to change stylesheets or load in alternative content (conditional loading), with cookies to store user selection.

    The nice thing about a PHP-based solution over JavaScript content/CSS switchers, is that all the checking and switching is done on the server side, before the web page even finds it's way to the browser, so you don't get any flash of unstyled content. Plus, you can conditionally load HTML or external files (improve performance and save on load ...
  2. Paginated Responsive Modal Gallery (PHP/CSS3/JS)

    My modal gallery has evolved and here come versions 4 and 5. Both now include pagination but version 5 is PHP generated to help with maintainability.

    First, a recap on the gallery development so far;

    Now, so far, this gallery has only ...
  3. Not My Type... : )

    Yes, the tutorial is still coming. It's big. It's in progress.

    I read this recently and was intrigued. Don't know if anyone else would care or not ...

    The author, nikic, does a great job summarizing the difficulties and potential benefits of type hinting, as well as giving a good explanation as to why PHP's implementation is incomplete. Personally, I look forward to being able to type-hint any type. It could save me a lot of code validating args, and I could ...

    Updated 12-01-2012 at 03:48 AM by traq

    Categories
    PHP coding , Off beat topics
  4. Before You Start: the basics, for PHP in particular and for programming in general

    I wanted to take a few moments to talk about some of "the basics" that are all-to-often glossed over...

    A Matter of Style

    In general, I find that most PHP programmers fall into one of three main programming styles:
    • procedural: a simple ordered set of instructions, nested if's/ else's, etc.
    • functional: functions are little code containers that you can call on when needed. You [usually] give them arguments, they [usually] return values to you.
    • object-oriented:
    ...

    Updated 12-17-2012 at 02:49 AM by traq

    Categories
    PHP coding
  5. Taking Control

    Last week, I wrote about taking a "PHP-first" approach to programming - program first, output last. But what should go first in your program?

    M-V-C
    You may have heard about something called "MVC" (Model-View-Controller). If not, here's your crash course:

    Model

    Your Model is all of the information needed/used by your program. [Hopefully], the Model is well-organized. Think of it in terms of note-taking: notes are easier to ...
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